District 16 superintendent gets 2.5 percent raise

The Spring Lake Park District 16 School Board has approved its superintendent’s contract for the next three school years.

Jeff Ronneberg
Jeff Ronneberg

Under the 2013 school year contract, Superintendent Jeff Ronneberg will earn $183,422, a 2.5 percent increase over his last year’s salary of $178,948.

In 2014, the contract calls for a 2.5 percent increase from $183,422 to $188,007.In 2015, he well receive another 2.5 percent hike from $188,007 to $192,707, an increase of $4,700.

Ronneberg’s allowance for communication devices, a cell phone for example, remains at about $100 a month. His car allowance remains at $425 a month, according to Ryan Stromberg, District 16’s director of human resources.

“It’s a fiscally responsible settlement for a superintendent contract,” Stromberg said .The contract is negotiated between the superintendent and the school board.

Colleen Vranish, board chairwoman, said in the evaluation process that Ronneberg ranked in the excellent and outstanding range with a majority of the rankings being in the outstanding category.

“We as a board feel very fortunate to have Dr. Ronneberg as our superintendent,” she said at the Aug. 14 school board meeting. “In the words of one of the members: ‘Dr. Ronneberg is an excellent strategic planner who also possesses the leadership ability to coordinate and collaborate with district staff to align that short- and long-term planning with day to day learning for kids,” and we’re just very thankful to have him here.”

The board approved the contract in a 5-0 vote.

Boardmember Jim Stroebel was out of town and Boardmember Kelly Delfs was serving as an election judge for the evening.

The superintendent’s contract period is from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016.

By state law, school districts are not allowed to enter into contract with a superintendent for more than three years.

Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]

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